Friday, June 7, 2013


Posted by Bethan Holt, Junior Fashion Editor at Large

A weekend of sunshine awaits us but before that let's get you all up to speed with all the fashion happenings this week...

John Galliano has given his first interview since the anti-semitic rant which saw him fired from Dior. In the Vanity Fair exclusive, he talks to Ingrid Sischy about his feelings when he saw the video of his tirade (he threw up), what he's been up to in the past two years and what the future holds.

On life as Dior Creative Director, he says:

“I lived in a bubble. I would be backstage and there would be a queue of five people to help me. One person would have a cigarette for me. The next person would have the lighter. I did not know how to use the A.T.M.”

Kate Moss on the wedding dress he designed for her soon into his recovery:

“When my dad gave his speech he thanked everyone and then he referred to the genius of Galliano, who made his daughter’s dress. Everyone stood up and gave John a standing ovation. It was the most moving thing, because suddenly John realized he wasn’t on his own.”

It was off to Earl's Court earlier in the week for Graduate Fashion Week where new talent from across the country gathered to show off their work to the press, public and industry. Sadly I couldn't make it to every single college's show but I hugely enjoyed seeing all the finalists on Wednesday and particularly loved Angus Chiang's bright silk kilts and tuxedoes, Jospehine Pettman's badge covered biker jackets and William Baxter's printed suits. Melanie also discovered some great talents when she judged the media award- we're excited to see winner Rebecca Chambers' Annie magazine go online soon. Suzy Menkes, who was honoured with a lifetime achievement award, wrote about the winners and the ever-changing nature of the UK's creative output here.

The Proenza Schouler boys with their CFDA (image via
Congratulations to Proenza Schouler boys Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez who won their third CFDA womenswear award on Monday night. The accolade comes as the duo prepare to re-release their legendary first collection which was snapped up by Barney's before they'd even graduated ten years ago. Tim Blanks was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the CFDAs which prompted Imran Ahmed from Business of Fashion to write this letter which I think echoes the feelings of fashion-obsessed kids everywhere. See the rest of the CFDA winners here.

A bustier and skirt from the first ever Proenza Schouler collection (image via
Givenchy won't be showing at Couture Week in July, after also skipping last season. Riccardo Tisci is too busy to organise a show but the atelier is continuing to take commissions, should you be interested.

A new book for your coffee table: Raf Simons. It's edited by i-D creator Terry Jones with beautiful imagery interspersed amongst essays and interviews.

Karlie Kloss might be getting in on the Daft Punk hype by starring in a video with them.

Film star and swimmer Esther Williams passed away yesterday at the grand old age of 91. In tribute, Harper's Bazaar have complied this beautiful gallery of shots of the Dangerous When Wet star.

Esther Williams (via
This week marked 15 years since the beginning of Sex and the City. Sarah Jessica Parker decided to mark the occasion by announcing that she is working with Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus on a new line of shoes, bags and trench coats which will be available at Nordstrom next year. SJP (as the line will be called)will be about new and surprising fabrics which recall the old-school charm of labels such as Maud Frizon and Charles Jourdan.
SJP will be inspired by styles like these by Maud Frizon (image via
A date for the diary... Next Sunday, London Collections: Mens will take place for the third time. The three days of show are set to be brilliant. If you'd like to get in on the action then the only place to be is Thomas Pink's Jermyn Street store which will be transformed as part of LVMH's Les Journées Particulières series. There will be the chance to explore the artisanship behind Thomas Pink's signature shirts with made-to-order consultations, live seamstress demonstrations, personalised monogramming and much more. Get down to Thomas Pink on Saturday and Sunday to get involved.

Finally, begin your weekend with Dior's delightful Versailles film, showcasing the beautiful AW13 collection.

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